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‘Wild Lights’ returns to Saint Louis Zoo in November

The wild, arctic wonderful with over 1 million twinkling holiday lights and festive family fun starts at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 29.
Credit: Saint Louis Zoo

ST. LOUIS — U.S. Bank Wild Lights returns to the Saint Louis Zoo on Nov. 29.

The wild, arctic wonderful with over 1 million twinkling holiday lights and festive family fun starts at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 29.

Wild Lights is open from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the following dates:

•             Friday-Sunday, Nov. 29-Dec.1

•             Wednesday-Sunday, Dec. 4-8

•             Monday, Dec. 9, is Sensory Night for individuals on the autism spectrum and others who may benefit from a sensory-friendly experience

•             Nightly, Dec. 11-23

•             Nightly, Dec. 26-30

The Zoo will close to the public at 4 p.m. each day of Wild Lights. Doors reopen at 5:30 p.m. for the event.

Advance online ticket purchase is strongly encouraged for this popular event. Tickets are available in advance at stlzoo.org/wildlights starting in mid-November, or at the door on nights of the event beginning at 5:30 p.m. Ticket sales and event entrances will close at 8 p.m. Free parking is available on Zoo parking lots during event hours.

•             Monday-Thursday: $8/members, $9/non-members

•             Friday-Sunday: $10/members, $11/non-members

•             Sensory Night on Dec. 9: $8/members, $9/non-members

•             Children under age 2 are free.

There’s a new ‘lovebirds lookout’ area overlooking the lake for a view of the Wild Lights and a photo opportunity. There will also be an Instagram contest for a chance to win tickets to the ‘Untamed Hearts Valentine’s Dinner’ in February. Contest details are available at stlzoo.org/wildlights. 

You can also visit with the cool birds at the Penguin and Puffin Coast and warm up in the tropics of the Bayer Insectarium to see colorful insects from around the world. The zoo said these are the only animal exhibits open at night during the event.

Kids can take part in winter crafts and activities and meet costumed characters. Enjoy holiday carolers and other strolling live performances on weekend nights.

Climb aboard your favorite animal on the Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel. Chill out in the 4D Theater featuring “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4D.” These attractions are free with event admission and operate weather permitting.

Roast your own campfire s'mores (available for purchase) at one of the fire pits. Enjoy dinner, snacks, hot chocolate, holiday drinks and more, available at food locations throughout the zoo.

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